Saturday, June 18, 2022

Breaking Views Update: Week of 12.6.22

Saturday June 18, 2022 

Travel Safe Coordinator – Māori Road Safety

Does Road Safety and its impact on our Māori communities matter to you? Do you want to work locally to co-design road safety interventions that are going to make a difference?

Tauranga City Council (TCC) is recruiting for a Travel Safe Coordinator focused on Māori Road Safety. You would work across the wider Tauranga City and Western Bay of Plenty region to understand the impact that serious crashes are having on Māori, followed by trialling some targeted interventions and education to bring those risks down, as well as enhancing some of the current education offerings. This role is integral to our Māori engagement strategy, along with other dedicated Māori specialist roles within our organisation.....
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Crown reverses decision on contentious slice of Kāpiti Coast Airport sale
The sale of a slice of land at Kāpiti Coast Airport many years ago was a breach of the Treaty of Waitangi, the Crown has conceded......
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Historic Waitara marae looks to the future with help from NPDC marae fund

One of Taranaki's most historic and important sites, Owae Marae at Waitara, is entering a new era with some help from NPDC's marae funding.

A $55,000 grant from the Marae Development Fund has helped put a new roof over Owae's main meeting house, Te Ikaroa-a-Māui, which houses a collection of hand-carved wooden taonga that are about 90 years old.

The funding follows an $80,000 grant from the fund last year to help pay for the design and planning of a new wharekai kitchen and dining hall to replace the ageing wharekai Ko Tamawahine which first opened in 1921.....
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Forestry issue could become new foreshore and seabed - Maori leader
Maori say a standoff with the Government over the rights of forestry leaders to plant whatever trees they want on their own land has the potential to be the next Foreshore and Seabed controversy.

The Government is urging Maori to move from pine and other exotic species to native forest.

But many Maori have already planted pine in response to the Government’s one billion trees target and are collecting more carbon credits from the fast-growing forests than they could with natives and they don’t want to switch......
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More Māori land to be free from rates
A range of Māori land will be free from rates in New Plymouth if district councillors approve a revamp of the current rules.

Current council rules say rates can be cancelled on Māori freehold land that is unoccupied, multiple-owned and produces no income.

But the Government has changed the Local Government Act, making such unused land non-rateable in the first place, and requiring councils to overhaul their rating of Māori land.....
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Iwi-led accommodation service for Wellington region opens
An official opening was held this week for the iwi-led reintegration accommodation and support service Te Whare Whakaruruhau o Raumanuka in Naenae, Lower Hutt.

The 26-bed service is one of the first initiatives to be established following the Tākai Here Agreement - a partnership agreement between Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Te Rūnanganui o Te Āti Awa and Ara Poutama Aotearoa, which was signed in November last year.....
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Friday June 17, 2022 

Race for Māori electorate seats could be in for shakeup 
The race for the Māori electorate seats could be in for a shakeup as Labour's new Speaker Adrian Rurawhe considers going on the party list.

It could allow Te Paati Māori to swoop in and cement its possible Kingmaker status at the next election.

It could certainly be thinking that shapes the next Government.......
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New educational resources will bring Ngai Tahu purakau into the classroom
Maori consultancy NAIA is proud to launch He Korero, a platform for digital Maori storytelling, with the first short 2D animation in a series that tells the stories of Ngai Tahu. Managing Director Charisma Rangipunga (Ngai Tahu, Taranaki, Nga Rauru, Ngati Kahungunu, Ngati Hinematua) says that these animated purakau will bring the art of storytelling into the digital age.

This series of animations has been led by NAIA’s Chief Storyteller Rocky Roberts (Ngai Tahu, Ngati Rarua, Ngati Hinematua), who says it is all about capturing the stories of NgaiTahu ancestors and their incredible exploits.

"Basically we just wanted to tell stories about how amazingly clever our people were,"....
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Kaumātua questions Christopher Luxon's Māoridom guidance after potential tikanga breach
A prominent kaumātua is questioning the Māoridom guidance given to National Party leader Christopher Luxon following social media debate of a potential tikanga breach.

An image of Luxon sitting on a desk during a visit to Ormiston Junior College this week has been shared on social media, prompting a discussion as to whether it was in violation of tikanga.....
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Campaign targeting wāhine Māori to join the police and make a career in the ranks
Police have launched a new campaign to recruit more wāhine Māori officers.

Puhikura, a documentary that outlines the journey of five wāhine Māori who join the police, was launched on Thursday on Te Marae, Te Papa.....
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Top district court judge visits Kaitaia to consult on new justice model
The new model is expected to change the courtroom experience by inviting iwi and community groups into court, toning down formalities and identifying the underlying drivers of crime.

"The long-term vision is to see a vibrant, multicultural society, where the two founding cultures of the Treaty of Waitangi come together in the best version of ourselves in the spirit of partnership, to create a justice system everyone can be proud of."....
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Te Arawa Rangatahi Blend Mātauranga Māori And Western Science To Solve Environmental Issues

Mahuta is doing a good job, but this is why she won't get the credit 

Thursday June 16, 2022 

Council-iwi partnerships guide key decisions for new road and park names 
Partnership with local iwi and mana whenua has informed key decision making at Hamilton City Council’s Community Committee yesterday (14 June).

The Committee adopted changes to its Naming of Roads, Open Spaces and Council Facilities Policy and approved te reo Maaori names for new parks in Rototuna and Rotokauri that celebrate the diverse history of the city.

These decisions support Council’s commitment that ‘te reo Maaori is seen, heard and celebrated throughout the city’, an outcome of He Pou Manawa Ora – the strategy that supports the aspirations of Maaori and the wider Hamilton community.....
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Council leaving official name change move to iwi
The Central Otago District Council has adopted the Maniatoto spelling of the name of the Central Otago area but will leave it to iwi to make an official change.

A dispute over the correct spelling of Maniatoto/Maniototo is not new and has been argued for almost a century......
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Māori Encouraged To Craft A Career In Traditional Māori Arts At NZMACI
Māori from across the motu have the chance to become a part of the legacy at New Zealand Māori Arts & Crafts Institute (NZMACI), honing their skills in traditional Māori arts, crafts and culture – and helping ensure its preservation for generations to come.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Māori who are passionate about the traditional arts and crafts of our ancestors to apply for a two to three year scholarship.

Applicants must be of Māori descent, 18 years or older and need to demonstrate their ability in Māori art and/or design......
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Constitutional change not on the agenda while we focus on immediate issues
Arena Williams, Labour MP Manurewa - Also, as a country, we have a very special arrangement through the Treaty of Waitangi, and relationship between Māori and the Crown. A significant change to our constitution, such as becoming a republic, could affect this, and it is something that would need to be grappled with and resolved within New Zealand before such a change could reasonably occur.

Stuart Smith, National MP Kaikōura - New Zealand’s constitution sits among various documents, including the Treaty of Waitangi and many other pieces of legislation, almost all of which make reference to the Queen. At this point in time, our democracy and national structure is working well, and if it isn’t broken, why try to fix it?.....
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Calls to make political process more accessible for Māori and young people
Waikato leaders are calling for greater accessible voting methods as a way of lifting political participation amongst Māori and young people......
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Putea for rangatahi homelessness action
The Government is investing $40 million to help rangatahi and young people to find a safe, stable place to live.

Marama Davidson, the Associate Minister of Housing (Homelessness), says it’s part of a four year, $75 million package that also includes $25 million for iwi and Māori providers to deliver kaupapa Māori wrap-around support.

There’s $20 million to expand the supply of rangatahi-focused transitional housing, and $20 million to design and deliver a new supported housing service for rangatahi with higher and more complex needs.

There’s also $10 million to mobilise the delivery of homeless outreach services.
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Orr Gives Speech ‘why We Embraced Te Ao Māori’ While Inflation Slams Māori

Geoffrey Churchman: Mayoral virtue signaling costs ratepayers another $45K for the rest of this triennium; maybe $400K+ next triennium

How one iwi is navigating farming while caring for wai māori

Settler law gave coastal marae a fixed location – granting Māori “little triangles” of land, as one leader puts it. Now the tide is rising, and marae can’t move. 

Wednesday June 15, 2022 

Marae and papakāinga development supported with funding from Auckland Council 
Auckland Council’s Parks, Arts, Community and Events Committee has approved allocation of funding from its 2022/2023 Cultural Initiatives Fund: a fund for marae and papakāinga/Māori housing development in Tāmaki Makaurau.

The committee approved the following 10 applicants for funding totalling $1,199,662. The applications in this round support marae and papakāinga planning and design, professional fees, capital infrastructure, marae maintenance and repair, business planning and asset management.....
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Maori Speaker as PM fills Mallard, Faafoi gaps
Adrian Rurawhe is set to become Parliament’s Speaker after a reshuffle triggered by the resignations of Speaker Trevor Mallard and Kris Faafoi....
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Michael King's Coromandel writers' retreat to be offered to Hauraki iwi after $1.4m Crown purchase
Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand Head of Crown Property Sonya Wikitera​ said the land will be offered back to the Hauraki Collective – a group of 12 Hauraki iwi.

“The Crown purchased this historic site from the University of Waikato for the Treaty Settlement Landbank, so it could offer local iwi Hauraki Collective a right of refusal,” Wikitera said......
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Housing canned as option for Tauranga Racecourse
Housing was one of the options touted for the site, but it was met with disapproval from current users and mana whenua, who want the land to retain its reserve status. Ngāi Tamarāwaho hapū representatives lodged a claim via the Treaty of Waitangi Act in February.

Hapū representative Buddy Mikaere previously told Local Democracy Reporting if the status were to change, to enable housing for example, that would trigger the claim......
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Former Conservation Minister Kiritapu Allan calls out 'tokenistic' use of te reo at DoC
Kiritapu Allan has called out the "tokenistic" use of te reo Māori at the Department of Conservation, for which she was recently minister.

A screenshot of an internal email was shared on social media from a DoC manager who said they were passing on "feedback this week from the minister's office about inclusion of te reo Māori in the material that we send over".

According to the manager, the minister - at the time Allan - did not want to see te reo used apart from when there was no English equivalent, the whole document was in te reo, and in greetings and sign-offs - which must be in te reo.....
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Naming of new Labour list MP upholds historic Rātana political tradition
New Labour List MP Soraya Peke-Mason will be upholding an historic political tradition set in place by the founder of the Rātana faith, Tahupōtiki Wiremu Rātana.

Rātana resident Soraya Peke-Mason will become a List MP for Labour following Minister Kris Faafoi's resignation on Monday and Speaker Trevor Mallard's nomination to a European diplomatic posting......
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Ngāi Tahu to leave Te Pūtahitanga to focus on services for own whānau
Ngāi Tahu plans to leave the South Island network of Whānau Ora providers, taking on responsibility for services that are specific to its people.

Ngāi Tahu said it now had the capability to partner with the Crown itself, to exercise its own rangatiratanga with its own services for whānau.

"We are taking responsibility for the wellbeing of our own whānau and hapū by continuing our focus on self-determination which has anchored Ngāi Tahu for generations," Tumahai said......
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Reti despairs at Maori Health Authority set-up
National has promised to scrap the Maori Health Authority if it becomes Government, but its health spokesperson says he doesn’t want the new authority to fail.

Shane Reti says it needs to be given every opportunity to succeed, but Labour’s changes to the Pae Oranga Bill as it was going through Parliament means that is less likely to happen.

“There are a number of signals this is being set up to fail.....
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Crown Concedes Treaty Breach Over Sale Of Paraparaumu Airport Land: Press Statement By Mayor K. Gurunathan
My Council’s 2020 unanimous resolution for the return of the Paraparaumu Airport land back to the original owners has been vindicated by the Waitangi Tribunal’s latest finding. The Tribunal, noted the Crown’s admission that it had “…failed to take appropriate action to ensure the protective mechanisms in section 40 of the Public Works Act which protected the former owner’s interests, were fulfilled”. The Tribunal’s memorandum issued on 30 May confirmed that the Crown had accepted there had been a Treaty breach and that Cabinet had approved the concession.....
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Tuesday June 14, 2022 

Kahungunu partners with Crown to build homes for whānau 
Ngāti Kahungunu has entered into a housing investment partnership with the Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga Crown agencies Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga - The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, and Te Puni Kōkiri - The Ministry of Māori Development.

A total of $45.3 million has been granted to Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi to achieve their housing plans to build warm healthy and affordable homes for whānau who need them most.

The binding of the relationship was sealed by the signing of the heads of agreement at the Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga office in Wellington on Thursday, June 2.....
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Change for Maori voters
A “barrier to participation” for Maori voters is set to be removed.

But due to a lengthy process ahead, it won’t be in time for this year’s local government elections.

Justice Minister Kris Faafoi said that the Maori Electoral Option would be changed to allow Maori voters to switch electoral rolls at any time.

The bill is expected to be introduced to the House in the coming weeks and was expected to come into force in March 2023, in time for the 2023 General Election.....
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Iwi voices strong opposition to Leigh resort
Ngati Manuhiri Settlement Trust chair Mook Hohneck said iwi did not have a problem with people living around the marae, it was the development of a resort that they objected to.

“That land is our whenua; that sea is our moana – they can’t be separated. It is hugely significant and highly sensitive land,” he said......
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Stronger voice in decision making for Kāpiti Coast mana whenua
The Council has taken a step forward in strengthening its partnership with mana whenua on the Kāpiti Coast today by enhancing iwi representation within the Council’s governance structure.

“The decision to appoint one representative from each of our three iwi mana whenua partners to the Council’s Strategy and Operations Committee, Appeals Hearing Committee, and the Grants Allocation Subcommittee with full voting rights from 1 July 2022 supports the commitment made in the Council’s 2021-41 Long-term Plan for Mana Whenua and Council to have a mutually mana-enhancing partnership that honours the Crown’s Treaty obligations,” the Mayor said......
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Mana Whakahono Signing Signals New Dawn
Taupō District Council and Ngāti Turangitukua are moving forward together into a new future for the Tūrangi township and its surrounds after signing a historic Mana Whakahono ā Rohe agreement on Saturday afternoon.

Ngāti Tūrangitukua is the Ngāti Tūwharetoa hapū that holds mana whenua over Tūrangi township and its surrounds and includes its post-settlement entity, the Ngāti Turangitukua Charitable Trust. The hapū is a major landowner in Tūrangi and much of the town’s community amenities and three waters infrastructure is located on reserves they own......
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PGF boosts Tairawhiti Maori economy
A report for Gisborne District Council has found investments by the Provincial Growth Fund have created at least 1500 full time jobs in Tairawhiti and increased GDP by $176 million.

The Business and Economic Research Limited says as of August 2021, $299m was approved for the region and $121m paid out.....
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Agreement ‘heartening’: MoU partnership to manage indigenous forests
An agreement to collectively manage and restore indigenous forests at Waingake and Pamoa has been likened to the Treaty of Waitangi.

The memorandum of understanding was signed between Maraetaha Inc and Gisborne District Council to formalise their “growing relationship” .

“This MoU is a relationship document that recognises partnership, it aligns with similar principles and understanding as the Treaty of Waitangi,” Maraetaha chair Bella Hawkins said.....
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Clive Bibby: You can’t fool all of the people all of the time

If anything proves why we need a new Māori Health Authority, it is this!

No pressure on Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa over New Plymouth prison property. Really? 

Sunday June 12, 2022 

Iwi gain equal say over Taranaki Maunga in Treaty settlement 
Iwi will have equal say with the Crown in managing Taranaki Maunga and the national park, as part of redress for the confiscation of the mountain.

A new group called Te Tōpuni Kōkōrangi - half appointed by iwi and half by the Crown - will develop future management plans for Te Papakura o Taranaki (currently Egmont National Park).

Plans will then need joint approval from both the Minister of Conservation and another group, Te Tōpuni Ngarahu, made up of representatives from the eight iwi of Taranaki.

Co-governance of Taranaki Maunga has been hammered out between the Crown and iwi negotiators.....
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Landmark golf partnership aims to acknowledge mātauranga Māori
Golf New Zealand and the NZ Māori Golf Association have begun a new partnership agreement that Golf New Zealand says "acknowledges Māori rangatiratanga and the importance of mātauranga Māori".

Golf New Zealand is investing in a joint kaiārahi Māori role to help the parties work together to improve Māori golf outcomes. The new position will be part of Golf New Zealand's larger team but it will also assist NZ Māori Golf and serve as a vital link between the two organisations.

Golf NZ chief executive Dean Murphy says his company recognises the importance of Māori in golf, having NZ Māori Golf provide wisdom and guidance to help Golf NZ work with Māori in a meaningful and culturally responsive way, stretching to district associations too, such as Aorangi and Manawatū Wanganui......
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Iwi's big CBD plan: 30-year vision to make central Hamilton 'world-class'
Hamilton’s biggest CBD landowner has revealed bold plans to reimagine the central city, anchored by a major redevelopment of Centre Place.

Iwi-owned Tainui Group Holdings (TGH), in partnership with Kiwi Property, plans to reimagine the inner-city mall, turning it into a mixed-use precinct, complete with high-rise apartments and multi-storey office blocks.....
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'Doing science differently': Study explores whakairo, karakia to improve brain health
A national science challenge study of Māori brain health will draw on whakairo (carving), karakia (prayer and incantation), mōteatea (chanted song-poetry) and other traditional sources to understand how Māori view the brain.....
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Fight to win return of Māori land too hard, says Mat Taare
The two abutting sections in Awapuni, Gisborne, were taken in two chunks, one in 1884​ for a road, the other in 1952​ for an Airways New Zealand​ transmitter.

Taare was able to negotiate the return of the land without having to pay to buy it back, but Taare said that was fair.

The 1952 land was supposedly acquired for £120​, but Taare had found no evidence the money was ever paid.

His family tradition has it that no money was paid......
See full article HERE 

This Breaking Views Update monitors race relations in the media on a weekly basis. New material is added regularly. If you would like to send Letters to the Editor in response to any of these articles, most media addresses can be found HERE


razza said...

More co-governance entrenchment.Which half pay rates ? How can NZ move forward with these racist arrangements implemented, void of public consultation.So sad.

Anonymous said...

Even if we do set up this apartheid tribal system, no one has actually said how this will work in practice. What defines if you are maori or not? Is 50% enough? Or 1/8th? Or if i find a maori ancestor back in the family tree a hundred years back, can i identify as maori to get bumped up the queue waoting for operations or healthcare. This is all beyond ridiculous. Why not just treat everyone equally? No wonder everyone is leaving.

Anonymous said...

this whole farce about definition of 'maori' reminds me of the docu-comedy by matt walsh - 'what is a woman?'
people are willing to march for protecting the rights of women but are unable to define what a 'woman' is. most common response is 'a woman is someone who identifies as a woman' - and the circular logic goes on... i see the same challenge when it comes to defining the 'maori' whose lives need to be improved.

Anonymous said...

'understand the impact that serious crashes are having on Māori' - what kind of a racist job description is this? are maori not human? would they not have their bones broken the same way as others? would they not bleed if cut in an accident? would they not need to be transported to a hospital if the injury is life-threatening? why are the average maori not revolting against this charade?